Leaders of the LCWR said they will continue the dialogue with church officials demanding reform, but they will also protect the integrity of their group.
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In accepting LCWR's Outstanding Leadership Award, St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson praised the sisters and urged them to stay the course.
The doctrinal assessment has been discussed in closed sessions and been referred to several times by speakers, but it has not otherwise colored the assembly.
Joyce Rouse is an enthusiastic woman. Perhaps more well-known by her stage name, Earth Mama, Rouse is a singer/songwriter whose music combines what she calls her passion for the Earth with themes of spirituality.
Born a Lutheran and now a Quaker, Rouse first became acquainted with women religious and the eco-spirituality movement when she began the master’s program in earth literacy at Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana. Since then, she says the Catholic sisters have taken her under their wing, sharing her music around the world and in their own contemplative practices.
Bulletins from the Human Side: It might have been better if Cardinal Gerhard Müller had simply told LCWR, "We just don't like the way you decide things."
Members of LCWR is calling on Pope Francis to repudiate the doctrine of discovery, a 15th-century policy justifying violence against indigenous people, who still suffer from the doctrine.
The renewal and change following the Second Vatican Council has led to the issues women religious now face, Franciscan Sr. Nancy Schreck said Thursday.
Global Sisters Report: The distance from Seoul, South Korea, to Nashville, Tenn., is 6,927 miles, but some "sister sisters" here feel close to LCWR.
Truly listening to others and reflecting on their thoughts can change thinking from individualistic to what is best for the community, one speaker said.
The Vatican's congregation for religious developed eight questions for those in religious life, male and female, to consider for the upcoming Year for Consecrated Life.